Lycoperdon excipuliforme

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Lycoperdon excipuliforme

14 October 2010 Surrey. Photograph copyright Leif Goodwin

Synonyms

Calvatia excipuliformis, Handkea excipuliformis

Common Name

Pestle Puffball

Flesh

White when young, spore mass purple-brown at maturity

Smell

Indistinct

Taste

Indistinct

Season

Late summer to autumn

Distribution

Frequent

Habitat

In woods and occasionally in grassland

Edibility

Edible when white throughout

Notes

Excipuliforme means 'funnel shaped'. This species could be confused with L. caudatum, a very rare species known only from a few locations in southern Scotland.